The Maingear R1 Razer Edition is the liquid-cooled desktop PC of your dreams

By Shawn Knight ยท 9 replies
Sep 4, 2016
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  1. Between refreshing its Blade gaming notebook for 2016 and creating an iPad Pro cover with an integrating mechanical keyboard to announcing its second-gen VR headset, Razer hasn’t had much downtime as of late.

    With IFA 2016 in full swing, you’d think that Razer wouldn’t have much new to showcase but that’s not the case. The gaming accessory specialist somehow found time to inject its notebooks with Kaby Lake and Pascal hardware, introduce a new ManO’War headset and open pre-orders for its Stargazer webcam.

    For its next act, Razer has partnered with boutique PC builder Maingear to create a new line of desktop PCs with a focus on both performance and aesthetics.

    The Maingear R1 Razer Edition, which starts at $999, includes an Asus H110M-A motherboard, Intel’s Core i5-6500 CPU with a retail cooler, 8GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 RAM (2x4GB), an Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU, a 500W EVGA PSU and a 1TB Seagate hard drive running Windows 10 Home, all stuffed in an NZXT H440 chassis with Razer’s own design aesthetics.

    It’s on the high-end that things really take shape.

    At a base price of $4,099, you’ll get the same NZXT chassis loaded with a MSI X99A Raider board, Intel’s Core i7-6800K cooled by Maingear’s Epic 640 custom liquid cooler with clear coolant, 16GB of HyperX Fury DDR4 memory, an Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card, a 750W PSU from EVGA and a 1TB Seagate hard drive running Windows 10 Home.

    If money is no object, you can craft a beast of a system with the looks to back it up.

    Using Maingear’s system configuration tool, I put together a monster consisting of an Asus Strix X99 motherboard, Intel’s Core i7-6950X processor, the Epic 640 liquid cooling kit with UV-colored coolant, metal hardline tubing with chrome fittings, phase change TIM, the company’s Redline overclocking service, 64GB of HyperX Savage DDR4 RAM, dual liquid-cooled Nvidia Titan X graphics cards, a 1,200W Corsair Processional Digital Series AX1200i power supply with custom sleeving, a Samsung 512GB 950 Pro SSD as the primary drive and two Samsung 850 EVO 2TB drives in RAID 0, an Asus Blu-ray drive and Asus’ Xonar Essence audio card, all running Windows 10 Professional.

    The total cost? A wallet-shattering $12,890. The cost could be driven up even higher if you opt for Razer input accessories, a gaming-ready display and an extended warranty but I left those out and focused strictly on the system itself. At nearly $13K, a top-end Maingear R1 Razer Edition is well beyond the realm of reason for all but the elite one percent but if you do have the money to spare, you’ll get a drool-worthy system that’ll annihilate anything you throw at it for years to come.

    The Maingear R1 Razer Edition is available to order as of writing. Ship dates will vary depending on what options you select although the longest wait I saw when tinkering around was just under a month.

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  2. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,737   +3,757

    This is the first pre-build water cooled show computer I've seen that looks worth the money.

    Problem is, everyone's going to have one.

    Edit: Nevermind! Just looked up the pricing for a properly equipped model.
    Reehahs and madboyv1 like this.
  3. Axiarus

    Axiarus TS Maniac Posts: 253   +126

    Oh wow, a company has beaten Alienware in being overpriced.
    Reehahs and soulsassassin like this.
  4. Comicath

    Comicath TS Rookie

    RIGHT. 4,099$ and you get a 1070 with 16gig memory? and theyre only giving you a 6th gen i7 even though their blades have already got the 7th gen. what??
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,037

    It wouldn't even be difficult to build, although it looks mighty impressive that is a very much a simple hard tube setup. No bends, just a crap ton of fittings ;)
    Reehahs and BlueDrake like this.
  6. BlueDrake

    BlueDrake TS Evangelist Posts: 378   +112

    I literally put together the parts with a rough idea, what the GPU would be in question and obviously a general AIO CPU cooler. Comes up to just about $1,800 so there's some serious headroom, in terms of what they are asking for at the $4,100 price point. They must be paying a lot to Razer + protection / shipping + that custom water cooling setup. I know an AIO setup isn't the same at all, just I was doing a personal "here you go" kind of ballpark idea.
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  7. ACIII

    ACIII TS Rookie

    Are we paying for performance or aesthetics? Because I guarantee that I can build a system of comparable--if not better--performance for a fraction of the quoted price. No thanks!
  8. CrisisDog

    CrisisDog TS Booster Posts: 139   +33

    I have a water-cooled PC that looks just as good, but for half the price. Do it yourself and save some money.
  9. Jose Calderon

    Jose Calderon TS Rookie

    Come on man, thats a machine not a girl. Why my pc has to look so beautifull, and for that price. just dumb. There's no better custom cooler that the one that one built on his own.
  10. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 1,572   +714

    Falcon-NW does a better job... and comes in a bit cheaper for a comparable system...

    Intel i7 6950X
    Asus Rampage V, Edition 10
    1500W Silverstone Power supply
    Asetek Liquid Cooling
    128GB 2400MHz DDR4 RAM
    2 x Nvidia Titan X (Pascal)
    Creative SoundBlaster ZXR
    OS Drive = Samsung 950 Pro M.2, 512GB
    Data Drives = 2 x Samsung 850 EVO SSD 4TB (Raid 0 or Raid 1)
    Asus 16X Blu-Ray Writer
    Asus 12X Blu-Ray Reader
    Asus PB287Q 4K Monitor
    Windows 10 Pro
    USB Rescue Drive
    3 Year Warranty

    All this for $12,214....

    This system has a 4K monitor, better storage (2 x 4tb of SSD instead of 2 x 2tb) and double the RAM of the Razer...

    You can also add a custom case for extra cash - although I think the default looks pretty cool... also does a nice build - more options, but no Titans available yet, you'd "only" get to have dual 1080 cards...
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2016

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